Surrender to God (3)
Surrendering to God brings us power and freedom. That might seem strange to us, because surrendering requires us to give up control and let God lead – how can we experience freedom by doing that? God can help us overcome any problem we’re facing. He can give us breakthrough and freedom from issues which seem to control us. We can find freedom from our past when we hand it all over to Him. If we try to overcome our problem by our own will and strength, it will beat us. But if we surrender to God, freedom becomes possible. Surrender, which we often associate with defeat, actually turns out to be the only way to victory. The Bible says: ‘For whoever wants to save their lifewill lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it’ (Matthew 16:25 NIV). Jesus said: ‘I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10 ESV). When we let Jesus take control of our lives, we can live them to the full, because His plans for our lives are so much better than any we can come up with ourselves. By offering ourselves to be used for His kingdom-work, we let ourselves fulfil our purpose and be all that we were created for. The Bible says: ‘Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.’ Surrendering to God means we’re allowing Him to lead and guide us. We’re allowing Him to speak into our lives and teach us to do what He wants. Our human nature wants us to go our own way, but God can direct us to do what is best for us, and what will ultimately glorify Him.
What do you need freedom from? Your past? Your temptations? Today, surrender it to God and ask Him to help you experience true freedom.